Before I took early retirement at the end of May 2007 I was looking forward to spending long, hot summers most of the day up Hampstead Mixed Bathing Pond. When working the afternoon/early evening shift I did manage a couple of hours up there on hot days before going into work, so was lucky in that respect.
However there was clearly a conspiracy to wreck my retirement plans. Since 2006 we have not had a decent summer with lots of hot weather. So far this year I’ve managed 5 occasions when I could have an outdoor swim and sunbathe – two up Hampstead, two at the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park and one day in Brighton. Oh well, hope to get to Hastings to see a friend later this month or possibly next month, and booked on holiday in the Isle of Wight with my mother for week of her 97th birthday. Maybe I’ll get some swimming/sunbathing in then.